New Years Eve 2015 – London fireworks tickets available and a look at hotel redemptions

To be honest, my enthusiasm to spend New Years Eve watching the London fireworks display is not huge.  However, it is a very popular event.

Tickets for the 2015 event are now available and, as of 10pm last night when I last checked, there are some left.  The price is £10 per person and you can buy a maximum of four.  The London Assembly website for buying tickets is here.

Of course, once you’ve watched the fireworks, you will need somewhere to stay.

London's New Year's Eve fireworks

I took a quick look at the major hotel chains and was surprised to find some decent availability left.

Hilton.com has the following hotels available at standard point rates in the city centre:

  • Hilton Green Park (60,000 points)
  • Hilton London Euston (50,000 points)
  • Hilton London Paddington (60,000 points)
  • Conrad London St James (80,000 points)
  • DoubleTree Tower of London (50,000 points)
  • DoubleTree Hyde Park (50,000 points)

IHG.com was showing:

  • InterContinental London Park Lane (50,000 points – the no-brainer choice)
  • Holiday Inn Express Southwark (35,000 points)
  • Holiday Inn Regents Park (35,000 points)
  • Holiday Inn Bloomsbury (35,000 points)
  • Holiday Inn Kings Cross (35,000 points)
  • Holiday Inn Kensington Forum (35,000 points)
  • Hotel Indigo Paddington (45,000 points)

As Starwood and Hyatt have ‘last room availability’ I imagine you wouldn’t have any trouble with their properties.  I didn’t look at Marriott.

Frankly, a reward night at the InterContinental Park Lane after a hassle-free ticketed visit to the official fireworks does not seem a bad way of starting 2016.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the heads up Rob, tix booked for the fireworks and even better, two nights booked at the IC Park Lane using Into The Nights vouchers, couldn’t do this stuff without you! 😛

  2. Stuart says:

    Make that two less rooms now available at the IC Park Lane!

  3. Oh! Matron! says:

    I was shocked yesterday to find that:
    1) Tickets were available in the red zone and
    2) Tower bridge Hilton (south of the river) available for 50,000 points

    A couple of years ago, I stayed at the doubletree tower bridge, and whilst the roof terrace was, on paper, a great place to see the fireworks, there was a great stone building in the way! And it wasn’t cheap at £329. So, 50,000 points is a bargain!

    • Would recommend the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge for this evening. We did a last minute redemption for 2013 using a transfer from Amex Gold points, booked just two days before the night. The hotel is within the security zone and when you check in, you are given a wrist band that allows you to go in and out of the hotel as you want. We ended up staying in the bar until about 1130 before wandering onto the bridge to get a vantage point for the fireworks.The hotel also lays on bar with dj and BBQ outside the main reception, so great atmosphere.
      Great way to redeem some amex points with the 1 in 3 transfer value at that time!

      Note the Park Plaza County Hall is outside the security fencing for the event, even though it is just across the road. Not sure if you would still get the same access if you stayed at that hotel

  4. Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    I would have thought that the suites at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge have some of the best views (and terraces) to watch the fireworks.

  5. Just booked a room at the IC too and blue tickets for the event.

  6. If you try and book the park plaza you get

    This hotel requires you to stay at least 3 nights. Please amend your dates and try again.

  7. Sorry for being OT but had 2 queries and would be very thankful if anyone knows the answer.

    1) What is the rescheduling/cancellation policy in save of East Coast Reward voucher which is to be used before 30 Sep? If I book now for a journey in July, is it changeable/cancellable? if yes, any restrictions on how much in advance this needs to be done?

    2) Does anyone know if Hotels in Ireland check for passport? My wife is going to be in Dublin over a weekend in July with my MIL and I am able to get IC (former 4 seasons) for £100 with breakfast using my corporate rate which is almost 50% discount over the normal rate. Additionally, I am also Ambassador but the corporate website invariably has my name in primary traveler field and while I can add a second person (either my wife or MIL), I am not sure if this will work as I wont even be showing up though the secondary traveler and one more person would. It does work in UK (have tried with Hilton, Radisson) as hotels don’t really bother checking names on passport. Not sure what the case is in Ireland.

    • Never had a passport checked in Dublin although they were all at Hilton group hotels where they had my HHonors details on file.

    • Regularly check into hotels in Dublin handing over my emailed booking confirmation printout.

      Although I always have the passport to hand, have never been asked for it.

      Proffering a printout is certainly her best bet at avoiding hassle.

  8. Guilherme says:

    Hello, thanks for the tip. I will be staying at Conrad St James, do you know which area is the best for me: blue, red, green or white area? Thanks!

    • The hotel is south of the river so (assuming you want to be able to walk to and from the hotel) you need to be White or Green which are on the south side.

      • oyster says:

        Conrad St James is north of the river (well specifically at that point it’s west I suppose). Certainly not south though.

        • Good point – I got confused because of the east / west access!

          • Guilherme says:

            Thanks, Raffles and oyster!

            So, I read the map, and I found that, as I want to walk from Conrad St James, for me the Blue area is the best option, right?

            Thanks again!

  9. Slightly OT but have you seen the new Swiss fares? Guess they took a page out of BA’s book on this one : no FQTV allowance, paying seat selection,hardly any miles and probably crappy auto allocation system until their new IT provider completes the project.